The RES HC Spread Focus Groups

The participatory process that led to the establishment of a shared agenda of strategic actions for the dissemination of renewable energy sources and increased energy efficiency in the thermal sector is briefly described. The agenda is the result of an intense work of co-design, which involved hundreds of experts and has seen the continued participation of about 40 regional and national stakeholders. The project is included in the participatory training process of new regional energy plan and of its three-year implementation plan, which will be approved by 2016 by the regional council.

ware that only a partecipative  approach would lead to an effective inclusion  the process took place in three main stages, corresponding to the three regional focus groups carried out with typical informal approach of “thinking methodology” design that have led to a real commitment of the participants.

The first workshop (1 December 2014) was aimed at the so-called visioning activities: the participants were asked to project themselves into an imaginary future reality in which the development of renewable sources for heating and cooling was fully made-up. The work was completed by a restatement of the results which led to the definition of objectives and targets for 4 four categories: energy efficiency in residential and commercial sectors, and industrial efficiency in the industry, energy production from renewable sources, research and development.

In the second workshop (3 June 2015) actions and measures have been developed to reconstruct the path that would lead to achieving the goals envisioned in the work of visioning.

In the third workshop (12 November 2015) has entered into the heart of the discussion on key technologies using RES thermal renewable sources, with particular focus on tools of knowledge, rules and instruments useful for their full entry into the regional market. For each measure we were made explicit responsibility for implementation, tools, indicators, implementation time and target.

The re-elaboration of the third workshop results led to the preparation of a comprehensive agenda of 52 actions divided into governance/policy measures, soft policy measures, measures relating to regulatory and financial aspects, and measures relating to technological chains.

The next workshop held at the Emilia-Romagna Region headquarters of on 11 March, as part of the series of events in the preparation of the new regional energy plan and of its three-year Implementation Plan. workshop presented the results of this work to a wider audience .

Short presentations of qualified speakers and interactive discussion supported by facilitators .was a successful mix

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